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Miho Fukuhara – The Soul Extreme EP May 11, 2011

Filed under: Miho Fukuhara — solarblade @ 9:32 pm

Track Listing

  1. O2 featuring AI
  2. STARLIGHT
  3. NO PARKING
  4. Virtual Insanity
  5. LATELY

Disc 2: -Live from “Live in Music Vol. 1”-

  1. LOSE CONTROL
  2. CHANGE
  3. Regrets of Love
  4. Forget
  5. Yuki no Hikari

1. O2 featuring AI

Dang does this song have a lot of power in it.  I love the heavy beats and the fact that Miho collaborated with AI made it even better because their voices sound pretty good together, but they have a fun time trying to over sing each other and it gives the song this very angsty feel to it.  Very cool and hawt of a song to be honest AWESOME!!!

2. STARLIGHT

Taking a very sharp turn from something hard and angsty into something a little more reserved, STARLIGHT actually sounds pretty with a steady beat and a moving arrangement.  Of course Miho does a great job singing this track since they’re full and mixed with the backups also worked too.  The only thing that might be a slight pain is the lack of movement in the arrangement but that’s merely nitpicking.

3. NO PARKING

Damn, when she called this The Soul Extreme, she’s pretty much right on the money on our next song for sure.  She really gave it her all for this track and she made it her own.  With brass and a whole lot of funky rhythms and lines, it’s no doubt my favorite of the mini-album for sure. 

4. Virtual Insanity

I was a little bit taken aback when I saw that Miho was going to tackle Jamiroquai’s biggest US hit.  Now I love the original and was one of my favorite songs in the 90s so Miho had a lot to prove to make it a worthy cover.  Sadly, like her previous English efforts, she sort of lands on one foot since her English isn’t the most amazing thing on her.  The arrangement is a bit more like the theme of the mini-album, but I still much prefer the original’s dance style.  Eh, it’s ok…nothing great xD

5. LATELY

Closing the mini-album out with the slowest song of the bunch, Miho and ballads are quite amazing together since she has the perfect vocals to pull them off.  Likewise, the song is in full English and I already can tell she sounds a lot cleaner than she did in “Virtual Insanity”.  I liked it and while it didn’t leave a mark as strong as “NO PARKING”, it’s a damn good ballad!

Miho’s 2nd mini-album is a bit better of a mini-album for me than “Regrets of Love” because her vocals were set to more upbeat songs and funkier arrangements (with the exception of LATELY).  Anyways, great mini-album, but I feel it’d be nice to go back to singles and then a full length direction after this for sure! *RECOMMENDED*